April 8, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Video shows aides tormenting patient

 

Philadelphia – Aides at an assisted living facility assaulted and mocked a half-naked dementia patient as the elderly woman struggled to flee her room and escape the torment, according to video evidence captured by a hidden camera in the room.

The woman’s family had left a clock containing the hidden camera in the woman’s room after officials at the Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility in suburban Philadelphia dismissed their complaints, instead pointing to the victim’s dementia, authorities said Thursday.

“Why do they keep picking on me?” the distressed 78-year-old woman had asked her family, according to police documents.

Samirah Traynham, 22, Tyrina Griffin, 21, and Ayesha Muhammad, 19, were charged with aggravated assault, neglect of a care-dependent person and related charges for the alleged verbal and physical assault on the patient.

Birther’s appeal rejected by court

Honolulu – A Hawaii appeals court has rejected a man’s request to “inspect and copy” President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, saying the plaintiff failed to state a valid claim to having access to the document.

Chief Judge Craig Nakamura wrote in an opinion issued Thursday that Robert V. Justice didn’t show there were “compelling circumstances” requiring the state Department of Health to show him the birth certificate.

Hawaii’s privacy laws bar the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member.


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